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February 22, 2017 / Heather

Stress Levels Rising

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Yes, my stress levels are rising. And yes, it’s because of the wedding.

All the talk about it is just making me want to sit and write a new novel or edit “Unexpected Moments” because when I’m in those worlds I’m not in this one.

Why?

Because those are worlds where I can control everything. At least, almost everything. There are obviously things I can’t control because I have my reasons for that, but anyway…

Even with things coming up I’m going to be putting more focus on my writing. I have a three-day weekend for once. I don’t often get these!

I’m still on a Stephen King binge. Currently reading The Dark Half. It’s an awesome story about a writer who writes under his own name, but not very much, and also under a pen name which takes off like a rocket. Eventually things happen that make him come out as the author un28251808der both names and then… Mysterious murders start happening. Did his pen name take on a life of it’s own outside of Thad?

I’m really enjoying this book. Not sure if it’s because it’s about a writer or what, but I’m

enjoying it. The
story is gripping and it keeps you wanting to turn to the next page and read the next chapter. There are slow parts, but that’s given in a novel this length.

That’s given in just about ANY novel.

It’s also creepy. Not so creepy as I can’t read it before bed, but it’s nice and creepy. The characters are awesome and if you’re looking for more about Pangborn from Needful Things then this is the right book. He plays in this one too. And yes, I’m reading King’s works so randomly that it’s taking me to looking things up about other works because I haven’t read them and he’s referencing them. Just simple, quick Google searches is all.

Well, I’m off to get some work done. Hopefully I can enjoy this gorgeous weather and a nice, relaxing day off. Hoping for a number of other things as well, but we’ll see if that’s actually going to happen…

~Heather/Razor

February 9, 2017 / Heather

I Know

I know I never got a post drafted and scheduled for yesterday. No meant to, but it never happened. I haven’t been busy or anything, I’ve just been reading. Yes, more Stephen King. Salem’s Lot. Was not a fan. Next is The Dark Half. Along with some other books because there was a sale recently. I have a nice big to-read pile. Not that I didn’t before…

I’m stressing about things, but that’s nothing unusual for me. Hoping I’ll have news for you next post friends. Until then enjoy a book cover.

~Heather/Razor

January 31, 2017 / Heather

Where Oh Where

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Has my sanity gone? Where of where could it be?

It ran off because I’m working on wedding planning AND writing project stuff.

This is going to be interesting.

I have a lot of stuff to plan and get through and every day marks another day closer to the event and another day I risk panic over small things.

I panic semi-easily because I’m paranoid and out SO MANY THINGS.

I’m scatterbrained right now, so forgive me.

In not as panicky news I’m planning out edits that would make reading Unexpected Moments a lot easier and give it more flow and I’m planning and plotting if I want to and more to it and if so, what I want to add. I’m nervous for it, but I’m also really excited. I’m also very tired right now and my brain might not function the best today. We’ll see how it goes.

~Heather/Razor

January 18, 2017 / Heather

Currently Reading: It

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I’m typing this up on Saturday, 01/14/2017, at 1:11 P.M. and I plan to keep reading for some time throughout the weekend so the numbers I list are going to change by the time this post goes live.

In my last post I mentioned a couple of books, one of which being “It” by Stephen King. I’m a decent ways into theIt.jpg book at this moment (and by decent I mean I’m over 10% done with the book according to Goodreads). And I’m LOVING IT!!!

For those who don’t know (and maybe didn’t catch it in my last post) “It” is about a group of friends (The Losers Club) in Derry, Maine who make a promise among themselves to battle an evil and end it if it starts repeating the pattern it’s going with while they’re children. It is killing people. Mostly kids. It has no name. It has no one face. It will get you. It does not like leaving people alone. “It” is labeled as one of King’s most terrifying novels and I’ve been listening to it at work when possible, on my way to work, and on my way home. In the dark. Alone. I was also listening to it this morning in the house with the animals.

This is one of my favorite horror movies and I’m reading/listening to the book in preparation for the re-make that’s supposed to come out later this year. I’m so excited about the movie that I’m fangirling more than I have in a long time. I’m also fangirling over Stephen King because I’m addicted to his books. After I finish “It” I’m going to read “Salem’s Lot” and then “The Dark Hour”. I’ll be sad when I finish reading “It”. The narrator for this audiobook is fantastic (not as good as the one who read “Extreme Makeover”, but still really great).

I’m writing this up while I’m at my local library (not the one I work at, the one I live near) because I don’t get to just sit there a whole lot most days. I wanted to get a post typed out and scheduled so I knew there would be one to go out before I started working on edits for “Unexpected Moments”. I’m still excited to edit that one and I’ve got some notes written out from both my perspective and from a writer friend. I’m going to be making changes both electronically and physically. It’s going to seem really weird to me to be doing that because I’ve always done it only one way then another. It’s also going to be odd to read through it fully without getting feedback as I was writing it and reading it as I went along in writing group.

I always look forward to writing group. The people are awesome, it’s in an awesome place, and I feel like I belong there. I love writing group.

~Heather/Razor

 

January 11, 2017 / Heather

Edits?

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Sorry this is coming to you late, folks. Due to an ice storm and apparently scheduled maintenance that we knew nothing about Catfish and I were without Internet so I couldn’t draft a post like I wanted.

I also don’t have anything to really talk about right now besides reading and the fact that I’m going to start editing something over this weekend.

I just finished Dan Wells’s book Extreme Makeover and I loved it! It’s about a scientist working for a cosmetics company and while trying to create a new hydrating lotion accidentally creates a cloning lotion! I love Wells’s work and the narrator for this audiobook was brilliant.

And to continue with the Stephen King binge I’ve been on (I entirely blame the Monkey for this because she’s a big fan of his and turned me on to him) and because the new version of the movie comes out this Fall (*squeeing fangasm*) I’ve started reading/listein to It by Stephen King.

For those who don’t know, It is about a group of friends from Derry, Maine who are each haunted by a monster that has no name and more than one face. Known only as “It”, the creature most commonly takes the form of Penny wise the clown when taunting these kids. They make a pact that the next time it comes around (if it does) they are going to try and stop it. For good.

The original movie is one of my favorites and the book is super thick for things I read (thank the stars for audiobooks) and I’m thrilled to finally be reading it. I’m waiting on a book order with The Dark Half  and Salem’s Lot to arrive and they should be in my hands by Friday. He’s an addiction, folks. And yes, I plan on getting the audiobooks for both of those.

Audiobooks help fill the space I’m in and they’re a great way for me to read while doing things like grocery shopping, cleaning, or even walking. Though usually if I’m walking I’m walking the dog and talking to him off and on. I look forward to warmer weather.

I managed to mess my back up just enough that I’m in pain and trying to ignore ut, but it’s a stubborn pain this time. Gotta try and take it easy tonight I guess.

Also working on a piece for a local competition. Also need to work on some poetry. So many things!

Ooh! Idea! *darts off to take notes*

Here, have a teaser for a thing!


~Heather/Razor

January 4, 2017 / Heather

Adventures in Hair Dying

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Originally this post was going to be more about sleep and how I was plagued with nightmares for the last handful of nights in 2016, but I figured pleasant things were in order.

Last night it looked like someone was murdered in my shower. Or that my shower was suddenly the place to make cranberries.

Yep. I dyed my hair. Catfish helped. We had laughs. Lots of them. Now, because my hair is generally thick I use 2 boxes of dye whenever I do this sort of thing. Not having long hair means the dye really gets in there. It was supposed to be somewhere between the bottom two on the chart below.

It’s a violet color. And it turned out… Well…

Flash makes it more red than purple, but it is very violet in color. I like it. It’s still not the green I really want, but I don’t want to push that envelope at work juuuuust yet. We don’t have any rules against dying our hair and I do keep my hair looking good. It’s so fluffy!

I miss my green hair though…

~Heather/Razor

December 28, 2016 / Heather

Blarf

So, I haven’t felt well over the holiday. I did feel well enough Monday to go on an adventure with Catfish. Resulted in new tablet and books and a tumbler that I will hopefully share here or on my Instagram some time.

This entry is from the tablet so forgive any errors. It’s either too touchy or not touchy enough… Although the swipe method seems to be working better for me than the typing method…

This tablet is just a bit bigger than my phone, so it really is an adjustment for me to type on it. Awkward size! I do enjoy the way it reads though. Maybe I will get more done on Wattpad…

That’s all for now folks. Have a safe and happy New Year.

~Heather/Razor

December 21, 2016 / Heather

Goals for 2017

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I know 2017 is still slightly over a week away, but I do have some goals that I’m going to share here.

  • Come up with 3-5 new story ideas
  • Commission 2-3 artists (I have two for sure in mind, maybe a third)
  • Use Facebook author page (I’ve got one created, but I don’t use it so it’s blank as fresh snow).
  • Edit, edit, edit
  • Submit at least three poems to Caliban (an online magazine I heard about in college)
  • Post 50 NEW pieces to DeviantART (so 1 a week roughly. I might post these on Wattpad).
  • Meditate every 1-2 weeks for 15-30 minutes minimum.
  • Make/Post videos of reading poetry to YouTube. Not necessarily videos of me reading poetry, but maybe with words scrolling on the screen. We’ll see if this is feasible for me. I suck at YouTube.

These are just things I’m challenging myself to. Nothing overly serious, just things that I want to accomplish or attempt during the year. There are, of course, other things that I’m going to be attempting and doing during the year, but these are some things I can focus on and do when I please them with a deadline of the end of the year.

I’ve been wanting to submit to Caliban since I heard about it in college, but I’ve always been too afraid to.

I’m running out of story ideas in my little black book.

I always want to commission artists, especially artist friends and there’s one I’m talking with about possibly doing character sketches for a story of mine, and she’ll be credited if I publish that book. The other artist I know I want to commission is one I have a piece by that’s framed and I’d very much like to get another piece by her.

I’ve submitted VERY few pieces to dA this year and that’s not something I want to have happen.

I used to meditate, but I haven’t for a number of years and it’s a great way to get out of my headspace while simultaneously staying in my headspace if that makes any sense at all. What this really means is it’s a great way for me to relax and clear myself. It’s my take a few deep breaths to clear my head technique. It’s my I need time before I snap technique. It’s something I miss. A lot.

While I’ve had a YouTube account for some years I was never really big on uploading videos. There are a few out there, but nothing I’d promote. The poetry reading, however, IS something I’d be up for promoting. Especially for those who might not have a DeviantART account and who would rather hear it read than read it. Downside to this is a really dislike my own voice so it’s hard for me to get past that and really get the guts to do such a thing. The part about if it’s feasible for me and that I suck at YouTube is because I’ve never regularly uploaded to it so I don’t have a handle on it. I also never made videos using a program and things have changed a LOT since I last attempted any of it. We’re talking the last time I really did any of that was like… 6 years ago, folks. So we’re talking Windows Vista or the turn where Windows 7 JUST came out. >.>

Wish me luck folks. I’m gonna need it. Especially when my planner for 2017 has coloring pages in it. >.> No, I’m not kidding. Maybe I’ll share a clip some time. It’s great for passing the time. Not so great for staying on task. Lol.

~Heather/Razor

Also, I’m thinking about changing the way I sign off to relate more with the blog. H. R. Shavor or just Shavor instead of Heather/Razor. Thoughts?

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December 16, 2016 / Heather

Book Review: Dream of My Heart

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I met J L Walker through a mutual friend and we talk fairly regularly. What do we talk about? Writing of course! Dream of My Heart is Walker’s second book and follows her first book Picture My Heart. The two are listed as a series, but work well as standalone novels.

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Dream of My Heart opens with Amanda (Mandy) and Jerry talking about Amanda’s husband, Bart.

Amanda faced a large struggle in Picture My Heart and in Dream of My Heart she faces not only those struggles, but new ones that no one saw coming.

There are a number of things that Amanda didn’t think of, the first being that she’d lose her husband. Moving, finding a job, figuring out her life, learning about love all over again and… Attempted murder?

This book quickly became one of my top reads in 2016. Why? For one thing, it made me cry. Both happy and sad tears. And I did tell Walker this. Quite a bit. We both laughed.

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” – Robert Frost

I do recommend reading these books, especially if you’re interested in the romance and romantic suspense genres. They’re easy to read and it’s fairly easy to tell what’s happening. There were a few things Walker and I talked about, but those will remain between her and me. Unless they’re on my Amazon and Goodreads reviews, which I think I mentioned some spots, but nothing specific maybe. It’s been a few months and quite a few books since I read these.

~Heather/Razor

*Note: I was not asked to write a review on my blog, but Walker had asked for my feedback when I read them. I blog of my own accord and have been meaning to post this blog for months since I read them back in Autumn. >.>

December 7, 2016 / Heather

Absence, Updates, and Coming Up

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I won’t apologize for being absent this time. There is no excuse for it, sleep was more important than making sure I had a blog post ready to go and I was eyeballs deep in Pokemon Moon on my 3DS. I’m still not “finished” with the game entirely, but I’m at a point where I might be able to actually do more things otherwise again.

Life is chaotic. That’s all.

I’m planning on doing more book reviews and maybe reading more soon.

I do not know if I will go back and continue “Miles Away” at this point in time.

“Unexpected Moments” was finished being read in writing group and I have it printed so I can work on edits. This is going to be a weird one because of how it parallels itself in some ways. The ending is going to need an almost complete rewrite which scares me because while I want to do that I also don’t because it means facing so many things that I had issues with the first time around. At least this time I KNOW where I’m headed and I’m not blindly following my characters around their concert.

I’ve got some resolutions made for 2017 and some things on a to-do list that are mostly catching up on various shows I’ve missed or ones I’ve been meaning to watch but never had time because “That’s an hour long and I don’t feel like falling asleep during it or paying attention to something for an hour” is a thing for me apparently. Hell, Catfish found me passed out in bed with my DS on while I was in the middle of a battle! He finished for me, saved my game, and handed me my DS in the morning when I got up to take him to work. ❤ I love him. He helped me out with a number of things in the game when I needed to get something done like taking a shower or cleaning something up.

For the first time in weeks I’m cleaning my desk. Slowly but surely the house will be clean again!

There’s also something very big coming up in my life in 2017 that is going to have me a nervous wreck. It’s going to be a long year. It’s going to be a battle of a year… It’s going to be crazy. Thank God for the Monkey. She’s already planning something with some of her vacation time for next year depending on how much she gets and it’s having to do with me. I couldn’t ask for a better friend, really. She’s my person.

For those of you who don’t watch Grey’s Anatomy or haven’t heard that phrase, it’s best phrased as if I had a dead body she’s the person I’d call to help me drag it across the floor.Not my wording, it’s from the show.

I’ve known for YEARS that whoever I was with would have to get along with her. Whoever got me, got both of us in a way because I refuse to give up my best friend.

In other news I don’t know how many posts I’ll have up through the rest of this year because I don’t know what craziness is going to be thrown at me. It’s going to be a boatload of fun and I’m only being partially sarcastic. I’m looking forward to this weekend, but I’m really looking forward to next weekend because it’s the Monkey’s birthday and we have plans. Like… A lot of plans. Best friend plans are the best kind of plans. Especially when they involve horror movies and her staying over.

Now, I have some reading I need to get done. And reading that I need to add to Goodreads…

~Heather/Razor